Soccer World Off The Pitch – Abbey Lloyd (SWQ Thunder)

abbey lloyd

Picture credit: Kevin Farmer – Toowoomba Chronicle

This week, thanks to Soccer World who are Queensland’s leading boutique football retailer, we catch up with a player who has an extraordinary scoring record. After coming back from a college stint in America last year, she scored ten goals in ten games and so far this season has found the net in each of the SWQ Thunder’s match for a total haul of eleven goals to currently run second in the goal-scoring race*. Learn more about Abbey Lloyd.

QSN: How were you introduced to the game and who was your main football influence?

AL: I was introduced to the game in grade eight at Harristown High School where my older sister and team-mate Melanie Lloyd played. I never really touched a ball until I started high school. My main influence would be my high school coach Peter Broadfoot.

QSN: Tell us about your football playing history.

AL: I played local football in Toowoomba until the age of 14 where I moved into the SWQ team. I then started to play against other Brisbane and coast teams. I then played for the Toowoomba Raiders in the premier league at the age of 15 where I played against a lot more older and experienced players. I played with the Raiders until 2013 and then moved into the SWQ Thunder team.

QSN: What opportunities has football given you?

AL: Football has given me many opportunities such as travelling to America on a football school tour and again in 2014 with my team mate Jordie Franke on a soccer scholarship. I have also been lucky enough to travel across Queensland and Australia with my football.

QSN: How are you enjoying playing at SWQ Thunder?

AL: I am loving playing for SWQ this year. I am loving all the coaching staff, the girls, our whole football community. Training is fun with a full count of girls attending which is really showing in our season so far.

QSN: How does Ken Bosence compare to your previous coaches?

AL: Ken is a great coach. I really enjoy the new drills he has brought to our training. He has also had a huge impact off the field with team gatherings and overall care for us and has really worked hard on making our team more of a family.

QSN: How does it feel to near the top of the scoring charts?

AL: It feels great however it feels better to be playing well as a team and getting closer to our end of season goals.

QSN: How does the team spirit compare to last season given the contrasting ladder positions?

AL: The girls are very happy with the way we are playing this season. There is a lot of confidence going into those tough games which is a noticeable difference compared to other years.

QSN: What are you and your team looking to achieve this season?

AL: Our end of season goal was to finish top four which I think it is a very achievable goal if we keep showing up, putting in the effort and giving it to those top teams.

QSN: What do you do with yourself away from the football pitch?

AL: I work along side my sister Melanie Lloyd and fellow team-mate Jordie Franke at my family’s catering business “Perfect Parties and Picnics” and also help out at our family business, Urth Cafe.

QSN: If you weren’t a footballer, what other sport would you play?

AL: Rugby Union. I grew up playing Rugby Union for my primary school team until the age of 12 as girls weren’t allowed to continue playing. Then came my move to football.

QSN: Time for 5 rapid fire questions! Your favourite drink, music, food, football idol and which football club do you support?

AL: Ice Tea, hip-hop/rap, Chicken Kiev and salad, Caitlyn Foord / Lionel Messi / Neymar, Barcelona / Brisbane Roar.

Thanks for your time Abbey and we wish you well with both your personal goals and the team goals for the SWQ Thunder for the season.

It’s a big game for the fourth placed Thunder at home this Saturday as they host third placed Souths United, a match that will be vital for the Thunder in meeting that top four goal. Kickoff is at 3pm at Clive Berghofer Stadium in Toowoomba. The women’s match will be followed by the men’s game with the Thunder taking on the Sunshine Coast Fire. That match kicks off at 5pm.

Abbey Lloyd

Nationality – Australian

Age – 20

Nickname – AB

Height – 174cm

Preferred Position – Striker

Career Highlights:

2012 Pele Players’ Player award winner (Toowoomba Raiders) 2013

Captain of Darling Downs soccer team (runners up) – Queensland U19 team

2014/15 – Monroe Community College soccer scholarship

*Statistical information taken from nplqld.com.au as at 26 April 2016.

 

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